Poverty at Home and Abroad

In an exclusive interview, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says that while poverty still poses an enormous challenge in the U.S. and internationally, the media does a “lousy job” of covering the issue.

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Heartland Counties Look to ’10-20-30’ for help

Ofsuskee County, Oklahoma, has one of the highest and most persistent poverty rates in the state. A federal plan to help high-poverty counties could provide relief — but locals and experts are skeptical.

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Families Struggle to Buy Diapers in Cincinnati and Beyond

Our series of independent reporting continues with Emilie Eaton’s look at families across the country struggling to find affordable diapers.

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Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.

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In the Spotlight

Spotlight Exclusives includes commentaries from policymakers, advocates, academics, and other contributors from all points on the political spectrum, as well as Out of the Spotlight blog posts from our team. New headlines on poverty and economic mobility are posted daily.

Spotlight on the States

State and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity.

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* Hover over a state to get a snapshot of poverty statistics in the state, then click or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles, and links to learn more about state efforts to reduce poverty.

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